I got my pressure cooker in today, so tonight's dinner was going to be its maiden voyage. And also my first time using a PC.
Browning the meat. The oil seemed to favor the sides of the insert and this took a little longer than using a skillet. Still... one meal, one pot.
The meat was reserved and the veggies put in on the browning cycle for ten minutes. Don't ask me why I sliced the onions. A recipe I was 35% following said to. They evaporated or something cuz I sure couldn't find any an hour from now.
On the plus side, while I love chunks of cooked onions with butter, my usual crock pot chuck roast's flavor is consumed by onions. This roast wasn't.
Another don't ask me why... The recipe called for a tablespoon of tomato paste. It literally turned the whole dish orange after incorporating. The taste was good, but....
And the meat put back in before things are buttoned up and the timer set for one hour.
It looks pretty much the same after one hour. I expected some kind of hissing while cooking. I got none. As a matter of fact, I barely got a wisp of aroma to let me know it was even cooking. Certainly unlike a slow cooker going half the day.
Still, after the PC had turned itself off, pushing the 'quick release' switch got my pup running into the kitchen to see what the H was going on. My other two have learned to pretty much ignore me. This thing was definitely under some pressure and working, even if it didn't let on it was.
That orange color kills me. Certainly not like any beef dish I ever made.
Plated and ready to eat. You'll have to excuse the bite out of the bread... I was getting hungry.
So, it was defintely good. Everything done and tender. Flavor out the wazoo! When slow cooking a roast I like to put butter on the carrots, sour cream on the potatoes, and butter on the chunks of onions. This needed nothing as all the flavors had melded together throughout the veggies. Everything had a really great taste. I guess that's kind of good and kind of bad. I'm undecided. What's the purpose of different veggies if the only thing that's different is the texture? Not to mention those onions vaporizing on me. I think next time I'm going to forgo the tomato paste, but maybe that's what brought everything together, too....
So the frozen meat had sat out
for two hours in the vaccuum seal. I started putting things together at 6:30 and was eating at 8:30. I'd say mission accomplished for my first time with the PC.
Now, how to turn all that juice into a soup....